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Jun 26, 2008 10:32 |  #1

I'm going on a 2 hour ride next week in one of the local traffic helicopters. I have a 40D and the following lenses.

EFS 10-22
EF 24-105 L
EF 70-200 F2.8 L

I can only take one lens.

So, if you were me, which lens would you take and why?

Tim



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Jun 26, 2008 10:34 |  #2

Do you want to shoot the interior of the helicopter and what the pilot is doing? Or do you want to shoot details on the ground? Or do you kind of sort of want to half be able to do both? I'd probably go with the 24-105 IS. It has IS which would probably come in handy in a helicopter, it's almost long enough to get some detailed shots of the ground, and its wide enough I could do some detail interior shots (although no wide views obviously). Tough call though, I'd like to be able to go wider too (sneak on another lens!).


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Jun 26, 2008 10:36 |  #3

I went on a helicopter ride over the Iguassu Falls and my 28-80 did the job just fine. You can see the pictures in the Nature forum.

edit: I was using a 30D at the time.


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Jun 26, 2008 12:17 as a reply to  @ ebann's post |  #4

I shot from a helicopter recently and the 24-105 was perfect (on a 5D). Our max altitude was about 3200 feet. If you are shooting through a window, get a rubber lens hood to help eliminate reflections. You can also find some good tips here http://www.naturescape​s.net/062004/ej0604.ht​m (external link). Have fun!


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Jun 26, 2008 12:48 |  #5

You want to search for "helicopter" - there's an extensive thread that discusses this, along with samples already. ;)


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Jun 26, 2008 13:12 |  #6

emorphien wrote in post #5796274 (external link)
Do you want to shoot the interior of the helicopter and what the pilot is doing? Or do you want to shoot details on the ground? Or do you kind of sort of want to half be able to do both? I'd probably go with the 24-105 IS. It has IS which would probably come in handy in a helicopter, it's almost long enough to get some detailed shots of the ground, and its wide enough I could do some detail interior shots (although no wide views obviously). Tough call though, I'd like to be able to go wider too (sneak on another lens!).

I was thinking a little of both, but primarily exterior landscape style shots.

Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions.

Hopefully all the smoke from the fires here in Northern California will clear out soon. I'm gonna break down and cry if its still all smokey with limited visibility next week. :(



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Jun 26, 2008 13:19 |  #7

Took a ride over the gran canyon a few years ago. It was much more stable than I expected. I'd take the 24-105.


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